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Hi Folks,

This is my first post here, but I've been lurking for a few days now. My situation is this: About 7-10 days ago I noticed a rash developing on my thighs and buttocks. I also experienced some itching around this time. Always quick to assume the worst, I went into an absolute panic. After a couple of days a small red bump appeared near the base of my penis, eventually scabbing over and now beginning to heal. Along with these symptoms, I made some very questionable decisions in my college years that have lead me to believe I have indeed contracted HSV-2.

My anxiety lead me to make an appointment at a local health clinic, where I had blood drawn; I am still awaiting the official results of an IGG type-specific test. Interestingly, the clinician who saw me believes the rash on my thighs to be completely harmless - contact dermatitis most likely - but the bump on my penis was clearly cause for concern. I have a theory - pure speculation - that perhaps my anxiety over the appearance of the rash could in fact have triggered this minor OB, if that is indeed what is occurring.

Although I've been in a relationship for about 1.5 years now, my girlfriend and I have practiced safe sex throughout. Also, because of the distance between us, we have at times practiced involuntary abstinence for periods of weeks, even months. Nevertheless, I am very anxious about the possibility of having transmitted the virus (again, assuming I am HSV+) to her. This is something I would have a very difficult time forgiving myself for. Has anybody here dealt with a situation such as this?

I'll wrap up by providing a brief introduction to myself (yes, I realize this probably should have been at the top): I'm a 25 year old male who enjoys exercising, reading, following international news and drinking quality beers. I'm also totally addicted to Sudoku and KenKen puzzles. Yes, I'm very boring :cool:

I'm looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you. No matter the results of my impending blood test, this experience has taught me that there are many quality people from all walks of life who deal with this pesky little virus, and absolutely nobody is immune to it.

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You did the responsible thing by going to a medical professional, and I would believe them when they said the rash was nothing to be worried about. If your blood test comes back negative then you know you don't have herpes.

Now go out and live a normal life until you get your test results back. Even if you are positive you can still live a normal life, I know, I have.

Good luck!


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    • Ashleerae
      Yeah whoops, I didn't see you wrote HSV-1 until later haha. I definitely see your point. 
      Just some random thoughts on the subject that I've been thinking about similar to your situation, even if they are a little different. I've been in a workplace where a girl was the herpes girl so I totally get that. Not the brand you want. Yeah it is so common. Somebody else in the room probably has it, like you said. It feels like its so unnatural and isolated when diagnosed because nobody talks about it, but its so freaking common. Maybe people are more open about HSV1, but maybe not.  Who knows if the rest of the world will catch up. It's nice to not care what the rest of the world has to say sometimes. That would be tough at 18-22 having everyone you know find out. I assume my own hometown will find out one day from someone who knows; that was one of my other biggest fears about this too, but it's fading. I guess I better start working on my comeback game so it's in the holster when I need it Have a good night, good thread Hairpees.  
    • WilsoInAus
      Hey @Runride and welcome to the website, I hope there is some thoughts to assist in your thinking. Wow, where do live? Sounds a bit like 'Deliverance' country or something out of a David Lynch movie. I'm very sorry about that. I have three options for your consideration. They are not in order of any particular preference. 1. Ignore it. Go about your life as per normal. You are the actor on your own stage and the other players will do what they do. Do as you wish to do with your life and other people will buy into that, or they're not welcome on your journey. Herpes plays the role it always has for you. You inform partners in advance of sex. 2. Take a stand to be open about your status. Requires a bit more bravery to put yourself out there for little short term reward certainly. "Yes I have herpes like most of us do orally or genitally. What do you feel the issues surrounding this are? What ought to be different in our lives and the way we live them as a result?" 3. Move to a new environment to give yourself a better chance of living life under option 1 or even option 2 above.
    • Broken Butterfly
      For sure, why bother if it’s pointless and costly but I get what you mean.  
    • Broken Butterfly
      I said I considered it but not that I was going to sue- I have no idea what my options are here.  
    • Hairpees
      I’m definitely not saying you need to file a lawsuit, you’ll read on here most people don’t have success. I’ve mentioned it because hes not responding to you so maybe that will wake him up.

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